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Western Smoke Wins Sapling, Just Like Sire

Western Smoke Wins Sapling, Just Like Sire

Western Smoke repeated a feat accomplished by his daddy 13 years ago, winning the $150,000 Sapling (gr. III) at Monmouth Sept. 5 for his third consecutive stakes score. Now, if the 2-year-old colt can go on to do what Smoke Glacken did in his sophomore season, he will really be in business.

Pair of Locals Face Off Again in Red Bank

Pair of Locals Face Off Again in Red Bank

The final graded event of Monmouth's 2009 season, the $175,000 Red Bank Stakes (gr. IIIT) on Sept. 6, has come up very solid. The one-mile test on turf drew a field of 11, including some local heroes and talented shippers, and that's only fitting since it caps a season of competitive stakes racing on the Jersey Shore.

New Rules at Monmouth for Crops, Toe Grabs

New Rules at Monmouth for Crops, Toe Grabs

Mike Dempsey, director of racing at Monmouth Park, announced Aug. 13 that new rules regarding riding crops used by jockeys, and the use of toe grabs on racing shoes will go into effect at the New Jersey track starting Aug. 19.

Get Serious All Business in Oceanport

Heavy rain at Monmouth Park Aug. 2 took the $200,000 Oceanport Stakes off the turf and left only three starters to contest the 1 1/16-mile event on the slop. When it was over, 5-year-old gelding Get Serious earned his first graded stakes victory by holding off Kiss the Kid by a neck.

Sore Foot May Keep Atomic Rain Out of Haskell

Sore Foot May Keep Atomic Rain Out of Haskell

A sore foot could keep Atomic Rain from taking on BlackBerry Preakness (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird in the Aug. 2 Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.

Mine That Bird Takes to the 'Country Roads'

Mine That Bird Takes to the 'Country Roads'

While America's 3-year-old sweetheart Rachel Alexandra is frolicking at the Jersey Shore Aug. 2 in the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, and a deep, well-matched group of colts gather in the Adirondacks for the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, the winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! brands (gr. I) for the first time in history will be out in the Appalachians, showing off in front of the Mountaineer Park crowd in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II).

Atomic Rain to Take on 'Rachel' in Haskell

Atomic Rain to Take on 'Rachel' in Haskell

Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Stable, the new owner of Atomic Rain, has officially decided to take on Preakness Stakes (gr. I)-winning filly Rachel Alexandra and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird in the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park Aug. 2.

Papa Clem to Monmouth for Haskell

Papa Clem to Monmouth for Haskell

Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Papa Clem, who finished fourth, beaten a head for second, in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, is scheduled to arrive at Monmouth Park June 30 to prepare for the $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 2.

Musket Man Works Toward Haskell

Musket Man Works Toward Haskell

Musket Man, third in both the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) this spring, returned to the track June 24 as he starts preparations for the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on Aug. 2.

Pico Central Notches First Winner

Pico Central, who now stands in Korea, notched his first winner June 19 when the 2-yer-old filly Marquet Madness won the sixth race at Monmouth Park by seven lengths in her first start.

Friesan Fire Pointed Toward Haskell

Friesan Fire Pointed Toward Haskell

Trainer Larry Jones, who has been winning Monmouth stakes on a regular basis the past two years, said May 24 that the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 2 is the main objective this summer for Vinery Stables and Fox Hill Farm's Friesan Fire.

Health Plan for New Jersey Jockeys Launched

A trust fund established for the health, welfare, and benefit of New Jersey jockeys has taken effect and will provide insurance coverage for healthcare, dental, and vision insurance for riders that meet the criteria set forth under the terms of the trust.

Jersey Governor Forms Racing Study Panel

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine signed an executive order March 5 creating a commission to study the state's horse racing industry and develop solutions for its long-term viability. The casino industry, which for years has subsidized horse racing in the state, will be involved in preparing the blueprint.

NATC Futurites Set for Sept. 26

The 2009 NATC Colt and Filly Futurities will be run at Monmouth Park, the National Association of Two-Year-Old Consignors announced Feb. 6. It will be the fifth time in eight years that the races will be held at the New Jersey track.

Record Purses for Steeplechase Season

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The 2008 National Steeplechase Association season, which came to a close Nov.29 with the inaugural Palm Beach race meet, set new highs in total and average purses.

TVG to Cover Big Brown Live at Monmouth

TVG to Cover Big Brown Live at Monmouth

TVG will offer exclusive live coverage of Big Brown as he makes his final prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in the $500,000 Monmouth Stakes Sept. 13 at Monmouth Park in New Jersey.

No Early Issue with Breeders' Cup Signal

No Early Issue with Breeders' Cup Signal

Early handicapping on signal distribution of the Breeders' Cup World Championships shows the prestigious event will be available to a wide variety of outlets and bettors, at first glance calming fears of any "signal wars" fallout evident in other revenue-sharing disputes involving advance deposit wagering.

Big Brown All Set For Monmouth Stakes

Big Brown All Set For Monmouth Stakes

On Sept. 9, trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. addressed the media to answer questions about dual-classic winner Big Brown, who returns to the grass in the newly-created Monmouth Stakes Sept. 13 in New Jersey. Though Dutrow fielded questions regarding Big Brown's race this weekend, inevitably, the talk eventually returned to the one subject everyone seems obsessed with: Big Brown vs. Curlin.

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